Read The Laws Of Nations by Emmerich de Vattel. Our forefathers used ut to shape much of the Constitution. In regards to immigration, Vattel felt that people are resources that benefit a nation in several ways. The larger the population, the less likely that nation was to be attacked and the more likely it was to have a higher domestic output. Vattel felt a healthy nation was naturally inclined to be generous with immigration. He advocates that any person who is a benefit to the nation should be welcome there. He also respects the sovereign right of a nation to repel invasion, which can come in the form of dangerous people who devastate a nation including by economic means. To repel such long term invasion, whether malicious or coincidental, a nation should set standards for determining whether an immigrant is beneficial or harmful.
This approach is the most open whilst maintaining sovereign rights.
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